Every year we get together with Global SharePoint Experts, Microsoft Speakers and MVP’s to bring you the best possible sessions across a wide variety of tracks, this year is the best yet!
Agnes Molnar is CEO and Managing Consultant of Search Explained, specializing in Information Architecture and Enterprise Search. She started her career as a developer while she was studying Information Technology at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. By the time she acquired her Master's Degree, she has already established a solid profession in Computer Science. She has worked for various companies in Europe and the US, developing dozens of SharePoint and FAST implementations for both commercial and government organizations throughout the world. Her familiarity and extensive knowledge in SharePoint and other Content Management Systems enabled her to start her own consultancy business, and to eventually become an Independent Consultant. Since 2008, Agnes has been a consistent recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award, for actively sharing her technical expertise in Microsoft SharePoint Server. She is a regular speaker at technical conferences and symposiums around the globe. She has also co-authored several books and white papers. She also maintains her passion and dedication on the subject through her blog, www.aghy.hu, where she shares troubleshooting tips, best practices, and other useful resources in Content Management with a light and wholesome approach.
Alex has been working on educational projects for the last 8 years using Microsoft products to increase learner’s knowledge. Following 5 years of working in public state schools he moved back in the corporate world developing SharePoint solutions for Local Education Authorities. As Learning Platform Solutions Architect at Redstone, Alex gets to build the most advanced learning portals for students, staff, parents and the local community.
Alex was awarded SharePoint MVP in 2008 and runs the Learning Gateway User Group. He is also the co-founder of the Learning Gateway Conference run annually in the summer.
Andrew Connell is an independent consultant that enjoys development, writing & teaching. He is an ten-time recipient of Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award (2005-2014) for Microsoft Content Management Server (MCMS) & Microsoft SharePoint Server. He has authored and contributed to numerous MCMS and SharePoint books over the years including his book Professional SharePoint 2007 Web Content Management Development by WROX and is the author of numerous articles on the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) & in various print magazines. You can learn from Andrew as when he teaches hands-on courses through Critical Path Training (www.CriticalPathTraining.com) or through one of the many on-demand classes he has published though Pluralsight (www.Pluralsight.com). Andrew has spoken at conferences and community events in the United States, Canada, Australia, England, Spain, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands. You can find Andrew on his blog (www.andrewconnell.com), follow him on Twitter @andrewconnell or subscribe to his podcast (www.MicrosoftCloudShow.com).
Principal Consultant | 21apps Limited
Andrew Woodward has been working with SharePoint since 2001, awarded MVP from 2007-2014, changing focus over that time to cover large infrastructure deployments, complex agile development teams and business adoption. Andrew has presented at many conferences, user groups and online events with the highlight presenting a session at the Microsoft SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas on a passion of his the SharePoint Centre of Excellence.
Andrew has worked from many large organizations including global banks, governments, financial service and manufacturing companies, who although very different in culture all have similar challenges they are looking for SharePoint to help them solve.
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Founder & CEO of Soulsailor Consulting Ltd
Soulsailor Consulting Ltd is a micro-consultancy enabling organisational value by positively disrupting your technology projects.
Ant is the author of 'The SharePoint Governance Manifesto', Innovation Games® Qualified Instructor, Certified Collaboration Architect, trained facilitator and one of a new breed of SharePoint business technology consultants. Known to ask clients repeatedly "Why they are doing their technology projects?" until they breakdown and admit "they just don't know", Ant works extensively on client projects using collaborative play techniques, to help them innovate and align technology to organisational outcomes, whilst changing the way they work through facilitation, visualisation, Gamestorming and storytelling.
Ant spends his time consulting, training, coaching, writing and speaking on a range of topics including SharePoint, Office365, Yammer, Collaboration, Requirements Facilitation, Governance, Change Management and User Adoption.
You can find out more about his positively disruptive work at: http://www.SoulsailorConsulting.com
Aonghus Fraser (@gusfraser) is a Director and the SharePoint Lead Consultant at C5 Alliance (www.c5alliance.com), a Microsoft Gold Partner in the Channel Islands with over 150 IT experts and qualified consultants where he leads the Process & Platforms Team delivering collaboration and communication solutions to financial institutions, legal firms and governments based offshore. Gus has been developing solutions based on Microsoft technologies for over 15 years, and has been responsible for the SharePoint solution architecture for a wide variety of enterprise clients in that period. He speaks regularly at a wide variety of events from the Channel Islands SharePoint User Group which he runs, to international conferences and local schools. Aonghus also lectures to undergraduate Software Engineering & Computing students and blogs occasionally about technology at http://techblurt.com
Asif has been training and consulting on SharePoint technologies since 2002. He is a SharePoint Server MVP and MCT. Asif runs a SharePoint Videos website (http://www.sharepoint-videos.com) which provides SharePoint, SharePoint Designer and InfoPath Video Tutorials. His videos have been published at Microsoft's TechNet, Channel 9 and Office.com site. Asif also provides in-person and online SharePoint training publicly and in private workshops through Critical Path Training (http://www.criticalpathtraining.com).
Asif is the author of the book "SharePoint 2013 - First Look for Power Users". He is also the co-author of the books "Professional SharePoint Designer 2007", "Beginning SharePoint Designer 2010" and "Real World SharePoint 2010" by Wrox publications. Asif was the co-founder of the Chicago SharePoint User Group (http://www.cspug.org)
For a more detailed bio, please visit http://www.sharepoint-videos.com/about/. You can reach Asif at: email@example.com.
Ben Curry (CISSP, MCP, CNE, CCNA) is highly respected as an enterprise network architect specializing in knowledge management and collaboration technologies. As a senior instructor for Mindsharp, Ben shares his knowledge in training courses that cover the next generation of Microsoft products. In his capacity as a Mindsharp consultant, Ben draws on his years of experience to develop powerful customized solutions based on the SharePoint platform for our clients. In recognition of his expertise with SharePoint Server Products and Technologies, Microsoft awarded Ben the prestigious title of Most Valuable Professional (MVP). Ben is the author or co-author of two books SharePoint products and technologies. He contributes articles to key Web sites such as TechNet and enjoys speaking at user groups and private engagements. Ben has over fifteen years of experience designing, managing, implementing and securing datacenter IT solutions. He has worked primarily with the federal government including U.S. Army, Veteran’s Administration, and most recently, NASA. Ben lives in Huntsville, Alabama with his wife and two children.
Ben Robb works for a professional services company in their Global SharePoint Centre of Excellence, deploying SharePoint throughout their complex internal environement. He was previously the CTO of a Microsoft Gold Partner specialising in intranet and website design and build, providing expert consultancy to clients such as Barclays, Aviva, Catlin and Deutsche Bank. He has been given the Microsoft “Most Valuable Professional” award for the past five years for his work on SharePoint, and is a frequent speaker at conferences around the world.
Benjamin Niaulin is a SharePoint MVP, recognized as one of the Top 25 SharePoint influencers in 2014. Being a Microsoft Certified Trainer since 2008 has allowed him to become proficient in simplifying complex technologies, making him an expert in SharePoint & Office 365 vulgarization. He's even gone as far as co-authoring a book on Responsive Design for SharePoint. Thanks to his expertise and passion in the field, he can easily talk to you for hours and still find something new to say! This has allowed him to speak at over 200 conferences around the world.
Benjamin works for Sharegate, a SharePoint & Office 365 Migration & Management tool, based in Montreal. Every day he follows the latest trends with the team of SharePoint Geeks in order to craft the best possible tool for Sharegate's customers.
Bill Ayers is a consultant developer and solution architect who has been working on SharePoint since the 2003 version of the product. He is a Microsoft Certified Master and Charter MCSM, and a Microsoft Certified Trainer. He specializes in web content management and Intranet portals and mobile solutions with a particular focus on agile software development practices. He has over 20 years’ experience in the software industry, and speaks regularly at international conferences and user groups. He is also a moderator on SharePoint.StackExchange.com, and blogs occasionally at http://SPDoctor.net/. He is based in Sheffield, UK.
Bob is a Senior Premier Field Engineer at Microsoft and currently working as a Beta Engineer supporting Microsoft’s Internal SharePoint environments. His primary background has been working as an ITPRO and for many years supporting and implementing large scale SharePoint environments. His focus over the past year has been on Microsoft Cloud.
Bob hails from the country known as New Jersey and can mimic most any Irish / English accent on request.
Bradley Thomas Smith is a business owner and entrepreneur living and working in Northern Virginia. He became involved in software development and consulting using Microsoft technologies after serving a tour in the United States Marine Corps. In 2005, Bradley founded Black Blade Associates, Inc. to provide high quality solutions to customers in the public and private sectors. Since that time, Black Blade has established partnerships with several key systems integrators, consultant firms, and vendors in the Washington DC/ Metro area and the Microsoft market segments. Personally, Bradley’s work with MS Office server product teams led him to be provided a seat on the Office Developer Advisory Council in 2004, allowing him to contribute towards upcoming Office Server products and subsequently, the Office 12 Technology Adoption Program. Bradley was awarded the Microsoft “Most Valued Professional” award four years in a row for his continuing contributions in the general community for the next versions of SharePoint Products and Technologies and continuing dedication to work with and grow the defense and commercial markets for Microsoft business software.
Brendan Griffin is a Senior Premier Field Engineer at Microsoft UK where he assists Microsoft’s largest customers to implement, manage and maintain SharePoint. He has been working in the IT industry since 2000 and began to specialize in SharePoint shortly after the release of SPS 2003. Brendan is a Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) in SharePoint 2010 and is a regular blogger at http://aka.ms/fromthefield.
Prior to joining Microsoft in 2007 he worked for a Microsoft Gold Partner where he provided managed service support and consultancy to a wide range of customers across all verticals.
Brendan is based in Yorkshire and outside of IT he is a big boxing, fitness and retro gaming fanatic!
Brett Lonsdale is a Microsoft SharePoint expert based in Leicestershire, UK. Brett shares his knowledge and skills of Microsoft SharePoint Business Connectivity Services, Content Aggregation, Permissions Management and Business Intelligence through regular presentations at SharePoint User Groups and conferences.
Trainer at CBT Nuggets | @brianalderman, @cbtnuggets
Brian is a trainer at CBT Nuggets and has been focused on helping IT Pros and Database Administrators (DBAs) better understand Microsoft SharePoint and SQL Server technologies for over 20 years. As an industry-recognized consultant, author and conference speaker, Brian’s expertise and designs range across SharePoint, Office 365, SQL Server, Microsoft Operating Systems, and Active Directory. A frequent presenter at SharePoint Conferences around the world, he has co-authored several SharePoint, SQL Server, and other technical books, including Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administrator’s Companion and Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Administration Inside Out. He is currently a MCSE, MCT, and MCITP: SharePoint and SQL Server Administrator. Brian has a BS and MS in Computer Information Systems where he graduated summa cum laude from Regis University of Colorado Springs and lives in Scottsdale, AZ where he enjoys playing golf year round and traveling around the world.
Cathy, MCTS, is a consultant at Planet Technologies, graphic designer and SharePoint MVP based out of Huntsville, Alabama. She focuses primarily on branding and user experience and how it relates to the SharePoint platform. She also works with SharePoint from a general end user and business analyst perspective, defining requirements and governance as needed.
She has worked on many SharePoint installations to brand SharePoint and make it look "Not like SharePoint." Cathy has started and run a number of SharePoint User Groups and is involved with the Women in SharePoint group. She has presented sessions on SharePoint branding, governance and requirements gathering at user groups, SharePoint Saturday events, conferences, and training sessions. She also enjoys facilitating conversations and connections for Women in SharePoint as one of the founding board members.
Chandima aka “Chan” is an Enterprise Solutions Consultant based in New Zealand. He is a Microsoft Certified SharePoint expert who has been working with SharePoint technologies since 2001. He provides solution architecture consulting for SharePoint deployments covering planning information architecture and governance. He is the co-owner of Knowledge Cue Ltd ( http://www.knowledgecue.com ) a company based in New Zealand specialising in SharePoint. He has presented at International and local conferences on deployment and governance best practices for SharePoint. He has been awarded with Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award since 2007 for his contributions to the worldwide SharePoint community.
Chris (BSc), has been working with SharePoint for 6 years and had been training SharePoint for nearly 3 years.
Chris trains our power end users with a long term goal of training administrators. Whilst training and studying SharePoint, Chris also manages the product development for our support+ solution, contributing content for the product and finding ways to improve its functionality. He has worked on many projects with businesses involving large scale SharePoint implementation and has written a courses for the new Nintex and SharePoint 2013 products. Chris has also worked alongside Penelope Coventry and Olga M. Londer as a technical editor for the Step by Step Microsoft SharePoint 2013 book.
Providing IT support and ad hoc training for his previous company, Chris has a good knowledge on a variety of Microsoft systems, SAP, Java products and has qualifications in both desktop and networking. With experience working in both a call centre and also in a IT systems and infrastructure support role, Chris has extended knowledge on supporting SharePoint after it has been deployed. Chris aims to go back to his roots by teaching SharePoint administration and working alongside other SharePoint administrators.
Chris lives in Leicester, UK and has an enthusiastic and entertaining approach to training.
Chris is a developer by heart, but occasionally dabbles on the infrastructure side of SharePoint too. He is an independent consultant but has a long-standing relationship with Content and Code (UK), where he currently acts as Head of Development. In this role Chris oversees a group of around 20 developers, with responsibility for best practice, development standards and team readiness around SharePoint 2013, Office 365 and Azure. In addition, Chris does hands-on work, and has led the implementation of large Office 365 hybrid solutions which feature heavy use of cloud development techniques, including SharePoint Apps and Azure.
As a SharePoint MVP for the last few years, Chris is a regular speaker at SharePoint conferences and writes an architecture and dev-focused blog at www.sharepointnutsandbolts.com. Chris is a firm believer in bringing techniques such as Continuous Integration and automated testing to SharePoint development, and has previously worked with Microsoft on developer content in this area.
Christina Wheeler is an Independent Consultant who focuses on SharePoint development, administration, branding, and training. She is a highly respected SharePoint consultant who is extremely active in the SharePoint community. With over 10 years of experience in the industry, Christina has knowledge in graphic design, Web development, and custom development with her work primarily targeted toward educational and financial institutions. As a trainer, Christina brings her real-world experience to the classroom. Christina was the tech editor of “SharePoint 2007 Developer’s Guide to Business Data Catalog,” co-author of the “SharePoint 2010 Field Guide,” and co-author of “SharePoint 2013 Inside Out.” She enjoys contributing articles to technical websites and often speaks at SharePoint community events and conferences. Christina has a strong passion for technology and photography who enjoys sharing and learning with the community.
Dan Holme's 18 years of experience and his impact on hundreds of thousands of IT professionals and business decision makers have earned him a reputation as one of the world's most respected consultants, authors, and experts on Microsoft technologies.
Dan, a native of Colorado, resident of Maui, and graduate of Yale, has been recognized as an MVP for six years, and one of the top ten partner MVPs in the world. Dan has penned hundreds of articles for SharePoint Pro Magazine and numerous best-selling books for Microsoft Press.
Dan served as the Microsoft Technologies Consultant for NBC Olympics during the broadcast of the 2012 Olympics in London, a role he also played in Torino, Beijing, and Vancouver.
In between searching the planet high and low for the best skiing conditions, deepest powder and crazy ‘steeps’, Eric Harlan spends most of his time in the technology field.
Eric has been in the I.T. industry for fourteen years, and heavily involved with SharePoint for eleven years. Starting from a developer role, Eric has moved on to a more architectural role with a focus on configuration and server implementation.
Never forgetting his developer roots, he still jumps in when needed to pick up the slack on custom dev needs. As a SharePoint Premier Field Engineer for Microsoft Eric is the first on the ground to troubleshoot SharePoint issues as well as kick off proactive engagements.
Eric is involved with many volunteer organizations from SPSEvents, Global SharePoint users group, and educational code camps to Co-Founder of the Baltimore SharePoint Users group.
Eric also does many speaking events revolving around SharePoint. Topics range from SharePoint Development, Architecture, tips, tricks and gotcha’s to basic SharePoint sessions for the end user.
Eric is a passionate entrepreneur with an acute focus on strategy and automation. Prior to founding Empty Cubicle in 2014, he held executive roles with Concatenate Inc. and eMark Consulting Ltd., guiding the latter to a successful merger in 2011. As a thought leader, Eric is a sought after speaker, author, and consultant and has delivered keynote speeches and sessions on various business and technology topics around the world.
Eric is a regular contributor to many industry journals and newsletters, and sits on the Microsoft Solution Advisory Board. In 2013 Eric won the prestigious Microsoft SharePoint MVP award.
Eric Shupps is the founder and President of BinaryWave, a leading provider of enterprise software solutions for SharePoint. Eric has worked with SharePoint Products and Technologies since 2001 as a consultant, administrator, architect, developer and trainer. He is an advisory committee member of the Dallas/Ft. Worth SharePoint Community group and participating member of user groups throughout the United Kingdom. Eric has authored numerous articles on SharePoint, speaks at user group meetings and conferences around the world, and publishes a popular SharePoint blog at http://www.sharepointcowboy.com.
Fabian Williams is a SharePoint Architect at Planet Technologies, Inc. in the Federal Information Worker Practice. His work with the SharePoint product line dates back to the 2003 release. Fabian holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Information System “Magna-Cum-Laude” from Strayer University, Washington D.C. and his Masters in Computer Information Technology studies at the Johns Hopkins University Carey School for Business in Columbia, Maryland. He holds the following Microsoft Certifications MCSE, MCSD and MCDBA. You may find him on twitter at the @fabianwilliams handle and his blog is http://www.fabiangwilliams.com
Watch Fabians session video for his Azure Mobile Service session https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHSsetQfwLk
Gary Lapointe is a founder and director at Aptillon, Inc. and a SharePoint MVP who has been planning and implementing SharePoint solutions since early 2007. A developer by trade, Gary spends most of his spare time developing tools that enable IT professionals to be more productive so that they can focus on solving business problems and satisfying their customers’ needs. You can read Gary’s blog posts which have become the definitive source for all things related to the automated deployment and management of SharePoint on his blog at http://blog.falchionconsulting.com.
Geoff is a Microsoft SharePoint MVP, having over 25 years of experience in information systems technology, having worked in education, telecommunication, government, military, banking, oil and gas industries, and has been focusing his efforts with SharePoint since 2003. Geoff is a keen SharePoint author, having published many articles, guides and books.
Geoff is a fellow of the Institute of the Analysts and Programmers, a fellow of the Institute of Computer Technology, a member of the Chartered Institute for IT, and a member Engineering and Information Technology Institute.
Geoff is also a member of the Institute of Analysts and Programmers Software Development Journal Editorial Team; and is a active contributor to MSDN, TechNET Editorial Boards and associated newsletter and forum channels.
Lead developer are Rencore AB on SPCAF, I specialise in SharePoint best practices and develop the analysis engine used by thousands of developers across the globe, including Microsoft.
Ian is the managing director of PointBeyond, a growing IT solutions business. Ian’s background is in financial services and IT. He combines deep technical knowledge, experience, and insight to help define IT strategies and solution approaches that are innovative, effective, and valued. Ian regularly speaks at events around the country, focusing on the subject of delivering business solutions using SharePoint. He writes thought leadership pieces and blogs for PointBeyond, and he also runs the SharePoint UK user group meetings in Southampton. You can contact Ian at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on twitter @IanWoodgate
As a SharePoint Server MVP, Jennifer has spent the last several years consulting others on best practices for implementing business solutions using SharePoint technologies. She is passionate about SharePoint and loves using out-of-the-box features to bring immediate ROI to her clients. She has worked with a range of companies, leading teams responsible for design, implementation and maintenance of SharePoint environments. Jennifer focuses on strategy, planning, governance and sharing her knowledge with the SharePoint community.
Jeremy is a Technical Product Manager at Microsoft in the team responsible for the developer story for Office 365 development. Previously he worked at AvePoint Inc, a large ISV as the Chief Architect shipping two Apps to the Office Store. He has been heavily involved in the SharePoint community since 2006 and was awarded the SharePoint MVP award 4 years in a row before retiring the title to move to Microsoft. You can hear him weekly interviewing people on the Office 365 Developer Podcast and catch him on twitter @jthake.
Blogger, traveller, and top social media influencer, Joel has kickstarted more than 50 communities across the world and travelled to over 140 countries in his quest to connect the world and improve humanity through technology. He currently works at BA Insight, Gartner recognized visionary and Enterprise Search Vendor as the Director of Enterprise Search Strategy. He has worked in the IT industry for over 18 years in a variety of different companies focused on web platforms including internet publishing, intranets, portals, collaboration, social networking, and enterprise search. He was the very first SharePoint administrator and spent seven years at Microsoft, including Sr. Technical Product Manager on the SharePoint team. In the past few years, he was awarded top SharePoint blog and recognized as a top online influencer in the community by a Forbes study. You can find his popular technical blog at www.collabshow.com and his travel blog at http://travelingepic.com. Follow him on Twitter @joeloleson.
John Holliday is an independent consultant and a 5-year veteran of the Microsoft Most Valued Professional (MVP) program for SharePoint. John has a broad range of professional software development and consulting experience spanning more than 30 years, most of it focused on content analytics, document automation, enterprise content management and related systems. John is a regular speaker at SharePoint conferences, has authored or co-authored several popular SharePoint development books, and is the founder of the SharePoint Developer Network (www.spdevnet.com), an international network of professional SharePoint developers with over 5200 members worldwide.
In addition to his professional career, John is actively engaged in humanitarian activities through Works of Wonder International (www.worksofwonder.org), a non-profit he co-founded with his wife Alice, and the International Association for Human Values (www.iahv.org), an international service organization devoted to uplifting human values throughout the world.
John Timney is a Principal Strategy Consultant based in the UK. Much of his interest and day to day work is around Business Impact and Technical Strategies for Collaborative Solutions based on SharePoint, including Architectural Assurance and Governance, Project Management, Service Assurance and Delivery and Accessibility compliance. He is currently employed by Capgemini and is based in the North of England.
With 20 years in IT, he has a lot of experience to draw upon and has architected some of the largest and most influential SharePoint systems currently deployed. John has in the past co-authored a number of books and is active in the Technet forums daily. He also reviews for some of the world’s leading book companies and recently co-authored the SharePoint Handbook. He is a veteran Microsoft SharePoint MVP, the North east Co-ordinator and a regular speaker for the Sharepoint User Group in the UK.
Kimmo Forss is a World Wide Community Director in Microsoft Services. He is responsible for defining strategies and technical readiness activities as well as supporting the various technical communities. Before this role Kimmo was an Architect in the Office 365 Centre of Excellence with particular focus on SharePoint® Products and Technologies . Previously, Kimmo served as a Lead Architect for Microsoft Enterprise Services, helping customers and partners design and build SharePoint-based solutions. He specializes in architecture, coexistence, and migration. Kimmo also works closely with internal Microsoft product and marketing teams. He is a frequent speaker and trainer at industry conferences such as Tech•Ed, the IT Forum, SharePoint Evolution Conference and the Microsoft Office SharePoint Conference.
Kirk Evans is a Principal Premier Field Engineer with Microsoft Corporation where he works with the world’s largest SharePoint deployments. As the lead for the SharePoint 2013 Ignite developer training program, he has traveled the world training developers on the new features of SharePoint 2013.
Visit Kirk’s blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/kaevans or follow him on Twitter at @kaevans.
Office 365 MVP, MCT, MCSE SharePoint, MCSA Office 365, SharePoint evangelist, speaker, mentor, Chief SharePoint solution architect, technical lead/manager working for Avega Group in Norway. Knut is an old developer, that have taken the step into architecture/advisor and the bigger questions. Knuts main focus is advising the clients on how to get the value back from the investments on SharePoint/Office 365, and how to get the most out of the investment and platform. Knut helps clients on upgrading SharePoint either with upgrading or with migration. Knut has a lot of experience in moving clients from Lotus Notes to SharePoint, Knut helps clients with questions around SharePoint Infrastructure and to follow best practices on creating the environment. He also helps with questions about Search, automation, and everything that can be done with PowerShell. He also advice the clients on making decisions about OnPremise or Cloud, or Office 365. Knut is also the founder of NIWUG (Norwegian Information Worker User Group) and organizer of SharePoint Saturday Oslo (Norway)
Laura is a SharePoint expert, speaker, author and educator. She is well-versed in helping organizations make the most of their SharePoint environments using out-of-box functionalities such as workflows, forms and Web parts. She is currently a Manager of SharePoint Consultants at Rackspace Hosting. Laura’s technical expertise also includes over 10 years of experience working with Microsoft’s messaging and collaboration systems. She has been named a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for the past four years. A seasoned author and speaker, Laura has presented at numerous conferences, user groups and SharePoint Saturdays, and she runs the Birmingham (AL) SharePoint User Group. She has contributed to several books on SharePoint 2007, 2010 and 2013 over the past seven years. You can read more about Laura’s experiences on her blog, www.wonderlaura.com.
Twitter : @wonderlaura
Over 15 years ago Liam started his IT Career, he now works as a Solution Architect for Protiviti in Virginia. His core focus is to ensure that SharePoint can either natively or with minimal customization meet the business requirement securely. He is also an eight time SharePoint MVP focusing on Architecture but also crosses the boundary into Development. He can often be found at user groups or conferences speaking, offering advice, spending time in the community, teaching his kids how to code, raspberry PI programming, hacking the planet or building Lego robots
Lori Gowin is a Microsoft SharePoint PFE. Since 1999, she has been supporting and managing Microsoft products and technologies. The last six years have been focused on SharePoint and the Microsoft Office Professional Suite. She has created InfoPath and SharePoint solutions in various industries. Lori lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband and two sons. When not working with SharePoint, she enjoys reading, traveling, and watching sports. She is currently serving as a co-chairperson for the Birmingham SharePoint Users' Group.
Senior Support Escalation Engineer, Microsoft India
With around 10+ years in the industry, Manas Biswas has worked with SharePoint and related technologies extensively. Being a part of SharePoint Escalation services at Microsoft, his primary area of focus is Microsoft’s cloud strategies, Office 365, and Azure. Training and readiness for SharePoint and its cloud deployments have been his area of expertise. Hybrid workloads with Azure and Office 365 has been a key area of his expertise. He is known for being a speaker at technical sessions in conferences like SharePoint Conference, MVP Open days, and CSI events as well as content creation.
Manas is based out of India. When not working on SharePoint, Manas would either be busy playing Xbox with his son Manab or be travelling around with him and wife Sabita , enjoying exotic food.
Marc is the Co-Founder and President of Sympraxis Consulting LLC, located in the Boston suburb of Newton, MA, USA. Sympraxis focuses on enabling collaboration throughout the enterprise using the SharePoint application platform.
Marc has over 30 years of experience in technology professional services and software development. Over a wide-ranging career in consulting as well as line manager positions, Marc has proven himself as a problem solver and leader who can solve difficult technology problems for organizations across a wide variety of industries and organization sizes.
Marc is the developer of the jQuery Library for SharePoint Web Services (SPServices) and The SPXSLT Codeplex Project. He is a repeat recipient of the Microsoft MVP award for SharePoint Server (2011-2014).
Mark is an experienced senior architect/consultant, working with SharePoint technologies for over 10 years. Mark specialises in the Business Intelligence features of SharePoint/Office 365 and has has extensive real world experience in this field having worked on many SharePoint/BI projects across public and private sector in the UK and Australia. Mark has been heavily involved in the SharePoint community for many years and co-organises SharePoint Saturday UK and SharePoint User Group events in the UK, and he speaks regularly at conferences and events internationally. Mark has recently joined the team at C5 Alliance (www.c5alliance.com), based in Jersey and Guernsey, and outside of SharePoint, he has a passion for Krav Maga and West Ham Utd!
Mark is a Principal Consultant for CapSpire, LLC with more than 19 years of experience designing and developing software solutions. Mark’s daily responsibilities include forging the direction of solution architecture and development projects for clients while providing the best solutions for clients’ unique problems. As a globally recognized SharePoint geek, Mark is an active blogger, presenter, author (and bacon aficionado) who is eager to lend his real-world knowledge of SharePoint to all who need it.
In addition to speaking at various SharePoint conferences, Mark is the organizer of SharePointalooza and can be found speaking at as many Saturday events as his professional and family life will allow. Mark engages his audiences with humor, real-world stories from the trenches, and practical solutions. For more information, read his blog at www.SharePointHillbilly.com.
Mark is an MVP for SharePoint Server and Solutions Architect for Red Plane, a Microsoft Partner in the North West. Mark has been working with SharePoint technologies since the introduction of SharePoint Portal Server 2003 mainly in the collaboration and productivity space. Mark has a keen focus on driving effective business knowledge management and has worked for many leading organisations such as 3i, McLaren F1, Kellogg, Unilever, Savills Plc, Macmillan Cancer Support and many more. Mark is also the North West regional Co-ordinator for the SharePoint User Group (http://www.suguk.org), arranging and speaking a meetings in the Manchester area.
Martin is an independent SharePoint Solution Architect and the Principal Architect and SharePoint Practice Lead at Ballard Chalmers. With a background in Microsoft software, infrastructure and consultancy he has been designing and delivering enterprise solutions in SharePoint for the past 8 years and is regularly involved with both client facing requirements and discovery workshops as well as cutting code, building farms and leading technical delivery teams. Martin is an active speaker at numerous UK and International conferences and maintains an active blog (www.martinhatch.com) and Twitter feed (@MartinHatch).
Matt Bremer is currently a Productivity Technical Solution Professional with Microsoft in St. Louis, Missouri. Matt is a recovering SharePoint consultant and .NET developer. When Matt is not out evangelizing about Office 365 and SharePoint he can often be found in his office which smells of rich mahogany and contains many leather bound SharePoint books. You can follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/mattbremer. Stay classy!
Matthew is a founder and director at Aptillon, Inc, an eight-time Microsoft SharePoint Server MVP and part time trainer for Critical Path Training. Matthew specializes in SharePoint Integration, Strategy and Implementation Consulting helping his clients solve business problems with SharePoint. Matthew is a speaker, content author, blogger and specialist in SharePoint technologies focused on web content management, collaboration, search and social computing.
Matthew’s free time is spent as a canine handler for K9 Search • Austin, a volunteer K9 search team serving the FBI and Austin & San Antonio Police Departments. An accomplished cook and bartender, in his spare time Matt spends as much time with his wife as his dog will allow.
Michael Noel is an internationally recognized technology expert, bestselling author, and well known public speaker on a broad range of IT topics. He has authored several major industry books that have been translated into over a dozen languages worldwide. Significant titles include SharePoint 2013 Unleashed, Exchange Server 2013 Unleashed, Windows Server 2012 Unleashed, SharePoint 2010 Unleashed, and many more. Currently a partner at Convergent Computing (www.cco.com) in the San Francisco Bay Area, Michael's writings and extensive public speaking experience across every continent leverage his real-world expertise helping organizations realize business value from Information Technology infrastructure.
Miguel is the Director, Central Region and Chief Enterprise Solutions Architect for Planet Technologies, a National Systems Integrator (NSI) and Gold Certified Partner of Microsoft. Previously, he served as President and CEO of TekFocus, also a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. Miguel’s background includes consulting and mentoring organizations to better utilize technology to improve business processes. Miguel holds numerous Microsoft and industry certifications, including the Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM) in SharePoint (Charter) and being one of the first in the world to earn the prestigious Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) for SharePoint 2010. He has had the opportunity to train Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) and product support roles within Microsoft around the world on various products and technologies in the Microsoft stack. His areas of focus include Azure, SQL Server, Identity Management, Security, .NET programming, and, of course, all released versions of SharePoint. Because of his broad and deep understanding of enterprise technologies, Miguel co-authored the Microsoft Press book, Microsoft SharePoint 2013: Designing and Architecting Solutions. Prior to his current positions, Miguel worked as a consultant for Sapient Corporation. He attended Louisiana State University (LSU), majoring in both Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering and is also a member of the Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity. He has been stationed and travelled around the world while being raised and serving himself in the United States Army for over five years as an Airborne Infantryman (Paratrooper). He resides in Dallas with his wife and two sons and enjoys singing rock music and SCUBA diving in his limited spare time.
Mike Fitzmaurice is the Vice President of Product Technology for Nintex, a global company committed to delivering out-of-box productivity solutions built for and with SharePoint Technology, and is responsible for product direction, evangelism, technical marketing, and technical business strategy. Until May 2008, he had spent more than 10 years at Microsoft, the majority of that time working on Windows® SharePoint® Services and Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server in roles including developer evangelism, competitive strategy, enterprise consulting, user education, product marketing, and technical event planning. Before joining Microsoft, Fitzmaurice served as Director of Research and Development at Advanced Paradigms Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based Microsoft Solution Provider Partner, as well as a five-year tenure as IT Director of the National Association of Broadcasters.
Mirjam van Olst works as a SharePoint Architect for Avanade in the Netherlands. She has been helping companies to implement SharePoint solutions since 2004. Mirjam is one of the very few Microsoft Certified Masters for both SharePoint 2007, SharePoint 2010 and Microsoft Certified Solutions Master SharePoint (2013).
Mirjam is a co-organizer of the Dutch Information Worker User Group (DIWUG) and a regular author and editor for the popular DIWUG eMagazine. She also contributes to the SharePoint community by blogging at http://sharepointchick.com, writing articles and speaking at SharePoint events on a regular basis. Mirjam has been awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award since 2010.
Neil Hodgkinson (PhD, MCM : SharePoint Server 2007 & 2010, MCSM SharePoint) is a Senior Program Manager in the CXP, CAT team within the Applications and Services Group. Starting his IT career as a SQL and ASP developer almost 17 years ago, Neil naturally transitioned to SharePoint Technologies back in 2000 when Microsoft launched SharePoint team Services. Since then Neil has worked for a global outsourcer as a SharePoint consultant and engineer before joining the PFE organisation at Microsoft in 2005. From 2005 onwards as PFE expanded, Neil was the technology lead for SharePoint in EMEA and helped recruit a number of top class engineers, many of whom are still with Microsoft today. After five years in PFE Neil spent three years in the O365 escalation team as the EMEA lead during which time he helped transition BPOS-S and BPOS-D off the SharePoint 2007 platform and onto SharePoint 2010 and eventually SharePoint 2013 and O365. Neil’s passion for customer satisfaction has been a fixture throughout all his roles at Microsoft and in his current role Neil is still heavily engaged in the O365 service helping with customer escalations and acting in an advisory capacity for field teams engaged on customer projects.
Neil was content owner and instructor for Search, SQL Operations and Business Continuity Management for MCM and MCSM, delivering this training on multiple rotations.
Neil hails from Manchester and outside of work is a fan of classic rock music and modern heavy metal bands, plays football and is an active member of his local Karate dojo. He also completed his first Tough Mudder experience this September and has signed up for two more next year. Most of all he enjoys making the most of time at home with his wife of 11 years Julie, and their three children, Luke, Cerys and James having fun and living life.
Paul is a Senior Consultant at Microsoft Consulting Services, UK. After working with a Microsoft Gold Partner for 6 years, Paul joined Microsoft in April 2012 bringing a wealth of experience including delivering a global SharePoint platform for an international legal firm.
Paul has a passion for working with clients to deliver effective solutions based on SharePoint. In between working on exciting and challenging projects, Paul speaks at conferences and loves to share his knowledge and passion for the technology.
Outside of work, Paul enjoys walking, skiing and spending time with the family.
You can follow Paul on Twitter @PaulGrimley
Paul is a Solutions Architect working with Trustmarque, an MS Gold Partner Professional Services company and based out of their London office. He has been working with SharePoint since the 2003 version and has a wide experience of SharePoint across many industry verticals. With a long background in supporting Windows technologies, Paul originally entered the SharePoint world as a developer/IT Pro hybrid which has stood him in good stead as an architect.
Paul is one of the co-organisers of the SharePoint User Group UK - London region and can often be found at user group events around the UK and Europe as both speaker and attendee, as well as on Twitter using the handle @Cimares.
Paul Schaeflein (MVP, MCTS) is an application developer with experience in all versions of the SharePoint platform. Paul has managed and worked on development teams building applications on SharePoint. As an instructor, Paul brings this realworld experience to the classroom.
Paul is an active writer, providing contributions to books, online periodicals, numerous CodePlex projects and his weblog. Paul has presented at many user groups and code camps, as well as the SharePoint Best Practices conference. Currently, Paul is on the advisory committee for Microsoft’s patterns & practices group, working on SharePoint Guidance.
Paul has more than two decades experience in architecting, designing and developing software solutions. This experience covers a vast range of technologies, languages and industries. Having developed many line-of-business applications, Paul has a firm grasp on the challenges that corporate developers face when integrating them into a corporate portal.
Paul lives outside of Chicago, IL with his wife and three children. Paul spends his summers over the charcoal grill and his winters at Blackhawks games.
Paul has over 25 years’ experience in consultancy with the last 14 being SharePoint focused. He was on the Tahoe JDP, working through all versions of SharePoint and has worked on the early implementations of the new technologies including installing the first production Exchange 2000 (1999) and MOSS 2007 (Aug 2006) servers in Europe.
Paul is the Worldwide Microsoft Services Competency leader (including SharePoint) in HP Information Management. This role includes strategic consulting to companies in their business solutions, the use or non-use of cloud technologies and was working in the Hybrid Cloud area before it became fashionable. He is the Technical Design Authority for HP’s Secure Cloud offering based on Microsoft Technologies.
His main expertise is as a Solution Architect in Information Management (IM) and Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and compliance solutions based on the Microsoft SharePoint and 3rd party Technologies. Recent projects have included setting up the governance in the Irish and UK Government departments including compliance regulations.
When not travelling the world (testing economy class seats) Paul’s main distractions are dog walking his Miniature Schnauzer, Daisy, sailing as well as watching F1 and Rugby Union after retiring due to the last set of injuries (4 broken ribs)
Penelope Coventry is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and an independent consultant based in the U.K., with more than 25 years of industry experience. She focuses on the design, implementation, and development of SharePoint Technology–based solutions. She has worked with SharePoint since 2001 and, in recent years, has lead a team for the ATLAS Consortium on the Defence Information Infrastructure project, provided consultancy services to U.K. Microsoft Gold partners, and trained consultants, administrators, and end-users on Microsoft and Hewlett Packard projects. She has produced SharePoint related courseware for Mindsharp since 2002 and teamed up with Steve Smith of Combined Knowledge to produce several SharePoint related whitepapers. Penny has co-authored a number of books, including Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Administrator’s Companion, Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies Resource Kit, the two editions of Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services Step by Step and the Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2007 Step by Step book. Penny has spoken at a number of conferences, at the UK’s SharePoint User Group meetings and is frequently seen at TechEd and IT Forum, either as a Technical Learning guide or at the Ask-the-Experts stands.
Peter is a Solution Architect focusing primarily on SharePoint and Dynamics CRM. He has been working with SharePoint since 2004, lives in Cambridgeshire and can often be found on Twitter (@Baddaz) or his blog (www.baddaz.com).
Peter is one of the organisers of East Anglia Region of the SharePoint User Group UK and organised the SharePoint Track at SQL Saturday Cambridge in 2013. His working life is spent leading a team of consultants delivering Microsoft Solutions to companies across UK and Ireland for ISC Software Solutions (www.isc-software.com). He shares his experiences of these projects at local user group meetings or at International SharePoint events.
Peter De Tender is the Microsoft Infrastructure Expert Leader and Microsoft Alliance Manager at Sogeti Belgium, Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), MVP on Windows Expert IT Pro and international speaker, based in Belgium, but traveling a lot for his passion.
Starting his career in IT in 1996 on Windows NT4 and Exchange Server 5.5 platform implementations, Peter has never looked back from Microsoft Server technologies. Peter's core subject of expertise has always been Microsoft Exchange Server, but shifted more to a deep knowledge of Windows Server, Windows Client, Hyper-V and Azure the last 2 years. His passion for technology led him to co-author an Exchange 2013 course, as well as co-writing several technical books at Packt Publishing (http://www.packtpub.com). Peter is also a technical writer for Petri Knowledgebase (http://www.petri.com).
Peter's enthusiasm about being an MCT led him to found the IAMCT Belgian chapter in 2010 (www.iamct.org), as well as taking the position of European Chairman of this community since Jan 2013. He is also one of the 90 Microsoft Learning Regional Leads, working in close relationship with Microsoft Learning. His dedication to the IT Pro community was translated in founding the TechEdYellowPantsTeam (http://www.techedyellowpantsteam.com) during TechEd Madrid 2013, assisting IT Pro’s in all things Microsoft and certification. Besides throwing parties and doing fun stuff at technical events of course…
Randy Perkins-Smart has been working with SharePoint and other CMS/DMS solutions since 2001. He is a BCS Chartered IT Professional, Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist and Microsoft Certified IT Professional. He founded the Channel Islands SharePoint User Group and is co-leader of the East Anglia branch of the SharePoint User Group UK.
Rebecca has over 18 years' experience working in Knowledge and Information specialist roles within the world’s largest Consulting firm, Deloitte and in the Public sector. She is an experienced Team Leader and Subject Matter Expert across multiple areas including: Yammer, SharePoint, Intranets, Social KM (Social Knowledge Management), Knowledge Management Systems and Adoption.
Currently, she is the Yammer Community Manager for the world-renown and award-winning Deloitte Australia Yammer network, and the Australian implementation and adoption leader of a global project using People Profiles in SharePoint. Rebecca is also working on the team to upgrade Deloitte Australia’s SharePoint 2010 instance to SharePoint 2013. During Deloitte Australia's SharePoint 2010 implementation, Rebecca led two teams around Taxonomy / Metadata and People Profiles. Prior to Deloitte, Rebecca worked in the Public Sector at the State Library of Victoria, within their Online unit, VICNET.
Rebecca is an experienced speaker, having spoken at conferences including Intranets2014, SharePoint Saturday Melbourne, SharePoint Saturday Sydney. She has also conducted statewide and nationwide training programs. Rebecca is a regular attendee and contributor at Yammer masterclasses and Responsive Organisation events, and contributor on the Yammer Customer Network (YCN) and Office365 Technical Network. Rebecca enjoys meeting new people, especially people who are deeply passionate about what they do – connect with her on Twitter @rtambs.
Rob Foster is an enterprise architect and MOSS MVP in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a BBA in Computer Information Systems and holds several certifications, including MCSD, MCSE, MCDBA, and MCT. In 2000 with the PDC bits in hand, Rob founded the Nashville .NET Users Group (www.nashdotnet.org), which is a charter member of INETA. Rob is a user group leader for the Nashville SharePoint Users Group (www.nashsug.org) and is the regional ISPA evangelist for the US Heartland District. He has been writing and designing .NET applications since version 1.0, as well as implementing SharePoint solutions since SharePoint 2001. In his spare time, Rob enjoys writing books and articles related to .NET and SharePoint. His latest books are “ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX Unleashed” and “SharePoint 2007 Development Unleashed”, which is a best-selling SharePoint development book. Rob lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA with his wife Leigh and two sons, Andrew and Will.
Rob Pratt has over 10 years of training/consultancy experience helping companies to make the most of their IT systems. His training experience has included delivery of technical sessions in products such as Windows Server, Active Directory and Exchange, Web and Database design, VB, VBA, Dreamweaver, Photoshop and Illustrator and the Office suite.
After delivering training on many different applications Rob has now settled down to specialise in SharePoint. Rob currently spends much of his time teaching Nintex Workflow 2013 online and in the classroom, he also writes most of the course materials used to deliver the Nintex training courses.
Rob has a relaxed training style inviting questions and group participation.
Robert Schifreen is a SharePoint farm admin at the University of Brighton, where he’s spent the past 3 years architecting, building and maintaining a system that is used daily by the majority of the university’s 4500 staff. The system is used to provide a staff intranet, a limited extranet, personal sites, and department document storage. In the early days, Robert spent several weeks developing a series of Powershell scripts which take care of a wide range of daily admin tasks, which he will be discussing during his session.
Before he discovered SharePoint, Robert was a web techie specialising in PHP and MySQL. Before that he was (and still remains) very involved in the information security space, where he writes, talks and broadcasts on a wide range of related topics. He also worked as a writer and editor for a variety of PC and programming magazines for some 25 years.
Sam Hassani is a Principal Consultant at BrightStarr in the UK, with the primary goal of working with customers to plan, design and implement solutions built on Microsoft SharePoint. Prior to this Sam worked as a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer (PFE) for 6 years, providing SharePoint on-site proactive support and consulting services with EMEA-based customers. During 2012 Sam was seconded as a Beta Support Engineer working with SharePoint 2013 early adopter customers providing issue support and deployment guidance. Sam was also been heavily involved in providing and delivering SharePoint 2013 readiness for the PFE EMEA team.
Sam obtained the SharePoint 2010 Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) certification in May 2011, the highest level of SharePoint technical training and knowledge validation.
In addition to his day-to-day work, Sam has presented varying SharePoint sessions at a variety of technical conferences, such as Microsoft TechEd Europe, the Microsoft SharePoint Conferences in 2011, 2012, 2014, the SharePoint Evolution Conference 2013 and the SharePoint Evolution Roadshow 2014.
Sandra Mahan has over 20 years of experience in all aspects of Human Resources including staffing, analytics, employee relations, and benefits but her passion lies in the technology-side of the industry. She is now the SharePoint Team Lead at the company she works for and is looked to as a resource by many departments to provide quick, user-friendly applications utilizing SharePoint and InfoPath out-of-the-box as well as ongoing user group training. She has spoken at the SharePoint Evolutions Conference, SharePoint Saturdays, SharePoint Live! 360, SP24 and SharePointalooza.
Scott has been in IT for 18 years starting off in Cobol Development and Systems Analysis and Design.
He has worked in various roles in IT; from Developer, Development Manager to SharePoint Field Engineer and has been involved in SharePoint for 10 years now.
Scott joined Microsoft as a Senior SharePoint Consultant in Microsoft Consulting Services in South Africa and moved into Premier Field Engineering more than 3 years ago.
He specializes in Sharepoint Administration and Configuration, Architecture, Recommended Practices, Kerberos and Business Intelligence in SharePoint as well as SharePoint Online and SharePoint in Azure.
He has delivered sessions at several conferences including Tech-Ed Africa, TechReady and SPC14.
Scott is one of the Premier Field Engineer Master Trainer's at Microsoft for EMEA and enjoys sharing knowledge and assisting his Customer's with their specific and often rather unique requirements for SharePoint.
In his spare time Scott attends Gym regularly, enjoys Photography and Mountain Biking.
To end with his favourite topic and quotation:
"One day SharePoint will rule the world, it’s just taking those not in the know, a little longer to realize it."
Sharon Richardson is an independent advisor with over 20 years experience observing what happens when people, information and technology collide. She founded Joining Dots Ltd in 2006 to help organisations develop and implement strategies to improve information systems and collaborative processes being disrupted by digital trends, visualising scenarios to facilitate decisions. Her time is often spent bridging business and IT roles, balancing technology capabilities with social and economic factors that determine the effectiveness of IT. Sharon previously worked at Microsoft as a lead specialist in SharePoint solutions and, before that, spent much of the 90s creating and supporting knowledge systems and networks. Always interested the practical benefits of new technology, Sharon has a passion for keeping 'it' simple and focused on outcomes.
SharePoint tips: http://sharepointsharon.com
Spencer Harbar is widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost SharePoint authorities. With over 20 years industry experience in the architecture, development, deployment and operational service of applications and hosting platforms, his broad base of fundamental skills routinely enables the world’s largest organizations to succeed with Office 365 and SharePoint. Spencer is the only person to hold all of the Microsoft Certified Master, Microsoft Certified Solutions Master and Microsoft Certified Architect certifications for SharePoint, and is a twelve time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award.
He was the content owner and author for one third of the SharePoint MCSM. He is a strong community advocate, supporting and speaking at the UK SharePoint User Group and helping others via his blog, forums and public events such as the SharePoint Conference, TechEd, SharePoint Evolutions and SharePoint Connections.
In his spare time (not much of it) he enjoys photography, reading, cricket, golf, tennis and Scotch whisky. He listens to the Jazz giants of yesteryear and some young blood, and spends time with family and friends in the beautiful capital city of Edinburgh, Scotland, his home town of Manchester, England, and Zoetermeer, the Netherlands.
Steve Smith ( MVP-SharePoint Server ) is the owner of Combined Knowledge in the UK and Combined Knowledge Asia Pacific providing Microsoft SharePoint Technical Training courses and Consultancy.
Steve is well travelled spending most of last 20 years travelling in the US and South Asia for the companies he owned and worked with including achieving his first qualification with Microsoft technologies on NT 4 and IIS 3 in New Delhi India in 1998 whilst based there for 3 years. Although tinkering with computers since early Teenage years Steve has specialized with Microsoft’s systems since 1996 and been involved in many Microsoft Beta programs including Windows 2000, Exchange 2000 and SharePoint. The last 8 years however has seen a majority of his time with SharePoint and running the Mindsharp and Combined Knowledge SharePoint courses in the UK, Europe and Asia Pacific, also helping many UK based companies with their SharePoint Implementations including the US Air Force, The Ministry of Defence and Several Blue chip companies. Steve is a Co Organiser of the UK SharePoint User Group www.suguk.org and Co Author of the SharePoint 2007 Administrators Companion from MS Press Steve lives in South Leicestershire, England with his wife and 3 children and can be contacted on email@example.com
A consultant and a social scientist focusing on strategy, people, knowledge and technology. Symon works with the some of the world’s leading organisations to develop and implement successful business strategies using Microsoft productivity and cloud technologies.
Symon is a Senior Microsoft Practice Manager EMEA for Wipro a global consultancy, systems integrator and business process outsourcing provider. He also works closely with Microsoft as a Virtual-Technology Solutions Professional providing pre-sales consultancy to Microsoft clients and has been a Microsoft MVP for SharePoint since October 2012.
Symon is a research associate on the Doctorate of Business Administration programme at Henley Business School. His research focuses on Social Business.
An international speaker at Microsoft and SharePoint events, a co-author of the SharePoint 2010 Handbook, author of the Art of SharePoint Success, and a regular columnist for CMSWire. Symon is a co-leader of the London branch of the SharePoint User Group UK
Ted Pattison is an author, instructor and co-founder of Critical Path Training (www.CriticalPathTraining.com), a company dedicated to education on SharePoint technologies. For the last five years Ted has worked with Microsoft’s Developer Platform Evangelism group researching and authoring SharePoint training material for early adopters. Ted started working with SharePoint 2010 in August of 2008 and since that time has led a series of 5-day training classes in which he has already taught hundreds of professional developers how to get started building custom business solutions using the SharePoint 2010 platform.
You can follow Ted on Twitter at @TedPattison.
Todd Baginski is the Vice President of Mobility and SharePoint Solutions at Canviz LLC and a nine-time Microsoft SharePoint Most Valuable Professional (MVP), and SharePoint Top 25 Influencer who uses SharePoint, mobile, Office 365, Azure and cloud, technologies to create websites, custom solutions, and mobile websites and applications.
Over the past decade, Todd has created close relationships with the Microsoft SharePoint and Azure teams which provide him access to early releases. Todd and his team work closely with these teams to develop training, samples, and reference implementations MS distributes to architects and developers worldwide. For the last four years Todd has worked extensively with mobile technologies and SharePoint integration.
Currently, Todd works with Microsoft to develop Office 365 Patterns and Practices Guidance for developers around the world.
Todd has previously been the lead SharePoint architect for the Microsoft Partner Portal SharePoint web site as well as many other client projects that use SharePoint and mobile technologies.
Todd and his team created many samples in the Office 365 Developer Patterns and Practices for Microsoft as well as the SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint Online solution pack for branding and site provisioning.
Todd is the also the lead architect for the SPS Events Mobile and SP Fest mobile applications you can find in the Apple, Google, and Microsoft marketplaces.
Todd created the SharePoint 2010 and Windows Phone 7, and the SharePoint 2010 and Windows Azure training courses you can find on MSDN, as well as seventeen Code Samples and SharePoint Apps you can find in the MSDN code gallery.
Todd was the content author and presenter for the BCS portion of the SharePoint MCSM program before the program was retired.
Todd also served as the technical editor for Scot Hillier and Brad Stevenson’s book Professional Business Connectivity Services in SharePoint 2010.
In his free time Todd enjoys playing with his son, relaxing with his wife, and playing a variety of sports like skiing, lacrosse, hockey, and softball.
Todd Bleeker, Ph.D. and MVP, is an industry leader in Microsoft-centric software development, specializing in SharePoint products and technologies. Todd is an innovative, resourceful, and competitive technologist with an intense desire to excel. Todd joined Mindsharp in 2004 as co-owner and CSA to help establish the strategic technical plan for Mindsharp's educational and consulting assets. In addition to writing and teaching cutting-edge SharePoint training courses for Mindsharp, Todd also architects innovative assets that help Mindsharp's clients improve their content management capabilities.
Todd has been awarded the title of Most Valuable Professional (MVP) by Microsoft for his contributions to the SharePoint Server Platform and community. He has authored or co-authored several books on Microsoft's integrated suite of products and he is a regular contributor to Web sites such as Microsoft TechNet. Todd is a frequent speaker at key conferences such as Microsoft TechEd, where he recently presented on Web Services and MCMS.
Todd has nearly 15 years of architecting revolutionary solutions for small and large corporations including:
Built innovative customer service solutions for Procter & Gamble.Pioneered new technologies that revolutionized transportation logistics systems for Fingerhut.Shaped the disease management tools for United Healthcare.Drove the human capital procurement vision for itiliti (now PeopleClick) to an internationalized, commercial-grade, global solution.Managed all offshore software development operations in New Delhi, India as the CTO for IPCS.Architected the software that Air Canada uses to track roughly $30 million of annual in-flight cash sales in 2003.Helped the State of Minnesota webify and manage over 40,000 pages of systems documentation using SharePoint Team Services.Implemented a MCMS POC for the Bank of Montreal on behalf of Microsoft Consulting Services.
In his spare time, Todd loves to soak up whatever technology Microsoft is churning out. He also enjoys spending countless hours in Minnesota with his six "high energy" children.
Todd has been a professional computer nerd for over 15 years, specializing in SharePoint for the last eight years. His love affair with SharePoint began one slow day at the office when he discovered SharePoint Team Services 1.0 on the Office XP CD that was holding up his coffee cup, and decided to install it. The rest is history. In 2006 he was honored to be awarded the MVP award from Microsoft for Windows SharePoint Services, and has been renewed each year since. He has had the pleasure of working with SharePoint farms both large small. He has written several books and magazine articles on SharePoint. Todd has presented sessions on SharePoint at many major conferences both in the United States as well as Europe, Asia, and Australia and does the user group circuit, SharePoint Saturday events, and the occasional children’s birthday party as well. He chronicles his SharePoint adventures on his blog, http://www.toddklindt.com/blog. His latest book, Professional SharePoint 2013 Administration, published by Wrox is now available at fine booksellers everywhere including Amazon. It's a page turner, it's got action, intrigue, romance, and PowerShell. He is currently working his dream job as a SharePoint consultant at Rackspace where he spends his days fixing broken SharePoint environments and bringing new SharePoint environments into the world. If you’re bored you can follow him on Twitter @toddklindt.
Thomas is a SharePoint Server MVP focusing on the infrastructure side of things. As a platform architect he supports his customers in planning, deploying and maintaining their SharePoint infrastructures, whether on-premises or in the cloud. Thomas is also a Microsoft Certified Trainer and a frequent speaker at various SharePoint community events. He also considers himself to be an “Involuntary DBA” and likes to explore the wonderful world of SQL Server.
Vesa Juvonen is a Senior Program Manager with the SharePoint Customer Experience team in product group. Prior to being a member of the CXP team, Vesa was a principal consultant with Microsoft Services for 8 years before moving to product group. Vesa was also SharePoint MCM (Microsoft Certified Master) instructor for the life cycle of the program and is considered an industry expert on the use of the app model and more specifically on the transformation from farm solutions to the app model.
Vesa leads the team which created the Office 365 Developer PnP (Pattern and Practice) project (formerly known as OfficeAMS) to help customers transition into the new app model. Vesa is also a frequent speaker at SharePoint conference and events.
Virgil grew up as an Alaskan fisherman, so he knows that life, like business, can be smooth sailing one minute and stormy seas the next. His ability to stay calm and clear-headed through the storms of business has been a valuable asset to many companies and individuals throughout the years. After graduating with his Master’s degree, Virgil decided to put his myriad talents to good use and formed High Monkey and is currently its principal human solutions architect.
Waldek is Microsoft SharePoint Server MVP and works as SharePoint consultant at Mavention Waldek shares his enthusiasm about the SharePoint platform through his blog, articles published in online and off-line magazines and on MSDN SharePoint Forums. Waldek participates frequently as an Ask-the-expert in community events such as SharePoint Connections, Microsoft TechEd and DevDays. Recently Waldek became a Virtual Technology Solutions Professional for Microsoft Netherlands. In this role he answering customer questions around SharePoint Web Content Management (WCM). http://blog.mastykarz.nl, http://twitter.com/waldekm
Wes is a SharePoint Server MVP and an independent SharePoint consultant. He works primarily as a SharePoint product specialist and solution designer – helping align business needs with the SharePoint platform and guiding organizations through the use of best practices. Wes has been a developer, IT Pro, consultant and technology evangelist for over 15 yrs. He is co-author of “SharePoint 2010 Six-in-One” and “SharePoint 2010 - Creating and Implementing Real-World Projects”, a speaker and community leader in the Twin Cities (Minnesota, USA). He can be found online at www.idubbs.com/blog, www.TrecStone.com, and on Twitter as @idubbs.
Wes is a Solution Architect at Content and Code, a Microsoft Gold Partner based in London. He has been designing WCM and ECM solutions based on SharePoint and supporting technologies for the last five years. Specialising in social intranet and collaboration solutions Wes has worked with both Tesco and Yorkshire Water to implement a person centric social intranet with advanced social features. In his spare time Wes can be found working on the Community Kit for SharePoint: Development Tools Edition, a Visual Studio extension providing extended development tools for SharePoint.